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A friend of mine described his (now) ex-boss to me. I said, "Sounds like Donald Trump!" He agreed.

This guy, according to my friend, was the most narcissistic, power-tripping, plausibly sociopathic asshole in his company, and everyone knew it. Yet the other higher-ups weren't willing to fire him, because, as my friend said, they thought he was "an asset to the company" or some bullshit. In reality, the guy was (and still is; as far as I know, he still works there. Go figure.) cruel and emotionally abusive - even sadistic - to those worked under him (including my friend) - with the exception, naturally, of those who sucked up to him, flattered his ego, and took his side in disputes with my friend and the other non-assholes under him.

Furthermore, according to my friend, this boss would inevitably pile on all kinds of extra work (much of it bullshit busy work with wildly unrealistic deadlines) and take advantage of my friend and the other non-sycophants under him (the sycophants would slack off on their work). Great place to work, eh?

Now obviously, my friend is not an unbiased source, but in my own experience and that of some others I know, and from what I've read and heard in general, this is not super uncommon, unfortunately...

Anyone else here have experiences like this, or know of any others?

"Joining the party"- what does that even mean?

The Democratic Party is not like the Labour Party in the UK, for example, which actually is a powerful organization with an official party membership who pay dues and recruit candidates for office. The Democratic Party is far more decentralized with all the state and local affiliates. So you'll have to clarify what you mean by "joining the party."

It's not the "liberal" (LOL) media's fault that Republicans lie and ignore inconvenient FACTS.

Only someone who thinks that extreme right-wing, billionaire-funded lies are the Gospel (pun intended) Truth (TM) could actually believe that the corporate, sensationalist, ratings-driven American news media is "liberal" in any meaningful sense of the word. But what else is new with Republicans? No wonder they love America's shitty reality-TV show host/pathological Liar-in-Chief.

I can't IMAGINE why Trump won the Republican nomination decisively in the first place.

After all, the Tea Partiers were obviously motivated by "small government" and "fiscal responsibility", and in no way spent the last eight years freaking the fuck out about the Black "Muslim" Man in the White House who "wasn't even born here", along with white demographic decline and anger at black and brown people gaining political power in general.

( Not at all, obviously. )

So it looks like there are literally no remotely honest or respectable Republicans left.

I can't imagine why anyone who used to be a Republican would have left anytime in the past few decades or so.

Unfortunately, the consequence has been that basically the only people the Republican Party attracts these days are the racists, the mean-spirited bullies and assholes, and the paranoid far-right conspiracy theorists. Not that any of these categories are mutually exclusive, of course.

Party of Lincoln, my ass. Hell, they don't even qualify as the Party of Reagan or Bush anymore. Those guys were a bunch of RINO Establishment sellouts, unlike the Great Leader TRUMP!

"We will make no distinction between the 9/11 terrorists and those who harbor them!"

But remember folks...he kept us safe.

What the Trump WH and Congressional Republicans are doing is unprecedented merely in degree.

Trump reveals how he and other Republican politicians really feel toward their own voters.


Why support a Republican like Paul Ryan, who desperately tries to hide his otherwise painfully obvious Randian contempt for the "little people", when you could instead vote for a guy who embraces the fact that he's a corrupt, racist, misogynistic, arrogant, self-entitled piece of shit who cons the less fortunate for his own short-term financial gain? He's just acting transparent about it - which is more than you can say about the rest of the rich white pricks who make up the Republican Party leadership.

"Yeah, I'm Donald Trump, and I'm the biggest douche in the world. What are you going to do about it?"

When you get your ass handed to you so bad that you might as well give up now.


"Voter fraud" has been the justification for denying black Americans the vote since the late 1800s.

Excellent, righteous op-ed in NBC News by William J. Barber II that puts the recent Republican Right's suppression of black voters in historical perspective - and emphasizes the fact that this racist oppression and disenfranchisement ultimately hurts ALL of us. Excerpts below:

On the first Sunday in March, 1965, TV networks interrupted their regularly scheduled programming to show law officers on horseback chasing and beating unarmed Americans on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. "Bloody Sunday" shocked the nation, exposing the extremism of Congress' Jim Crow caucus, which had resisted the expansion of voting rights for nearly a century.

52 years later, America is reeling from the political extremism unleashed by the first election in half a century without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. In the midst of our present crisis, the blood of Selma's martyr's cries out as clearly as in 1965: America cannot suppress the vote of any one group without hurting everyone in this democracy.

Throughout the South in the late 1860s and early 1870s, black Lincoln Republicans (unlike today's GOP) voted with local whites to elect progressive state legislatures that challenged corporate interests, expanded public education, and sought criminal justice reform. These coalitions were violently attacked by the Klan, but they also faced a relentless propaganda campaign from Southern Democrats who accused black and white legislators of stealing elections through "voter fraud."

After the end of Reconstruction in 1877, unfounded accusations of voter fraud became the basis for literacy tests, poll taxes, and other voter suppression tactics. Though challenged in the courts under the 15th amendment, Jim Crow voting laws were upheld for decades because they did not deny the franchise based on an individual's race. But after Selma, the Voting Rights Act recognized that their intent and effect was the suppression of African-American votes and the destruction of the progressive coalitions that black political power made possible.

We cannot make sense of President Trump's unsubstantiated claim of 3 to 5 million illegal votes in last year's election apart from this history. "Voter fraud," though proven to be statistically irrelevant in modern elections, has been the primary justification for voter suppression bills in 22 states since the Supreme Court stripped the Voting Rights Act of its power in their 2013 Shelby decision. Though it is the responsibility of Congress under the 15th amendment to guarantee voting rights to all Americans, they have failed for nearly four years to restore the VRA.

Even more sinister than they lie of voter fraud is the lie that voter suppression only hurts black people. The policies of progressive coalitions that include African-Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ, poor and working people today are now, as during Reconstruction, policies that lift up the good of the whole.

Extremist attacks on these coalitions hurt all Americans. The dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, the DOJ, public schools, and the EPA, as well as attacks on immigrants and religious minorities, affect all of us.

The extremism that now infects the White House, Congress, and dozens of America's state houses would not be possible without the 21st-century voter suppression which has flourished in the absence of VRA protections.

"Bloody Sunday" doesn't only offer a diagnosis of our malady; it also shows us the way forward. Diverse coalitions of people who are willing to put their bodies on the line to expose extremism offer the greatest hope of reviving the heart of our democracy.


As we go forward in our efforts to resist right-wing power and nefariousness, we must continue to remember the words of this wise, beloved fighter for black Americans and furthermore, ALL people - not just Americans - who have been socially marginalized and spat upon by their fellow human beings who just happened to have more power and privilege than them:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

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